Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

I know, I know- Debbie Downer. Sorry.

Of all of the things I thought I might be thinking about today, This picture is what is on my mind.

This mother.

Amina Nanessa Mohamed cries as she arrives at her home carrying the body of her four-year-old daughter Michu who died of malnutrition near Sheshemene, southern Ethiopia June 8, 2008. (REUTERS/Radu Sigheti)

These mothers.

23 comments:

  1. Yes, these mothers. I hear you, sistah.

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  2. Oh Julie. Of course we can't forget them. Thank you.

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  3. Yes. This picture is haunting...

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  4. I've never seen this picture, yet it is exactly what is in my head...these mothers.

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  5. Oh. My referred child is from that very area and hardly older. So sad and complicated. I was thinking about and the WAIT. Not so much fun on Mother's Day.

    J-I finally started a blog to help pass the time.
    Martha

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  6. This was definitely the right thing to post. I was feeling pretty down this mothers day. This has put that somewhat into perspective.

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  7. Yes, this picture has been so haunting. I am also thinking of my girls' mother, who has passed away. It is truly conflicting to be both sad and joyous on this occasion. We pray for and celebrate our referrals, yet at the same time realize the pain and sacrifice of their family that comes along with it.

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  8. Yes. Exactly. Mothers Day is forever mixed......

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  9. Exactly what coffemom said..forever mixed.

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  10. This picture haunts me too Julie. I had a post a long time ago using this picture. It makes me cry everytime I see it.

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  11. You're not debbie downer at all. You are just right. I do hear you.

    Christine

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  12. I am right with you. Thanks for posting the other side of Mother's Day. EVERYONE should think about this picture today (and everyday).

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  13. Amen. And all the happy hallmark consumer horsesh*t is so extra crazy juxtaposed with this. Way to keep it real, Deb.

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  14. Yes indeed. This post was a refreshing break from the Hallmark consumer yuckyness and general distaste for breeders that I am feeling today. Thanks for keeping it real. Wtf, world?

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  15. Mother's Day is a lot more complicated than it was probably intended to be.

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  16. Yes, a very emotionally complex day.

    Much love to you and your sweet soul.

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  17. So glad I stumbled onto your blog. I just posted about my feelings on Mother's Day on my blog. I really can't put into words the pain I feel for the losses that my daughter and her family as experienced as well as so many children and mothers through out the world. I think Mother's Day is bittersweet.
    Africainourhearts.blogspot.com

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  18. oh my :(

    -Themia

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  19. I hope a Mother's Day never passes that I don't think of these mothers.

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  20. I wonder about our son's birth mother often, but especially on mothers day.
    She is my hero-

    this picture is heartwrenching....

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  21. thank you julie.

    i couldn't come and see this yesterday
    it was such a hard day
    i didn't tell anyone because i thought they wouldn't understand

    and here is a whole group of wonderful people who understand

    thanks for reminding me of that too

    all day i thought of our youngest, who is there, with whom I do not know - her mother? god I hope so - i hope they are together for every possible moment

    and yet what is happening to them at this moment?

    joy and woe are woven fine - i don't know where this quote comes from - but I think of it often

    thanks for putting the attention where it needs to be

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